The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the Lord; and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace. Genesis 19:23-28 NASB
If you’ve ever heard a sermon described as ‘fire and brimstone’ and wondered, where did that term come from? When Lot looked upon the valley and what was left of the city of Sodom, he described the event as fire and brimstone coming out of heaven. It probably looked like a volcanic eruption. In any case, God saved Lot and his daughters, but brought destruction upon the wicked city and surrounding valley. What lesson can I take from this historical event? God is serious and God is a Savior. We should take heed of history, so we do not repeat it.
Am I looking for a Savior, or am I consumed with hedonism? When its time to flee to the mountains, will I be half-hearted and looking back?
God, as this day begins- its one with two great opportunities to bless families and console the hurting. Use me skills and compassion and teamwork to bring unusual love and affection into their lives. Use my words to bring the hope of heaven to everyone present. Thank you for this day, life, and breath and purpose.